Chelsea have completed the deal for Leicester defender Wesley Fofana, who has become one of the most expensive midfielders in football history after a deal estimated to be worth 70 million pounds (81 million euros).
The Blues could end up paying up to £80m for the player, who has signed a seven-year contract with Stamford Bridge, effectively committed to his peak years at Chelsea.
It’s a massive move for all involved, and one that Thomas Tuchel hopes will provide some support to a defense that hasn’t been at its peak since the restructuring imposed in the summer.
Chelsea have been searching for new defensive talent throughout this period, after losing both Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger on free transfers after the end of the 2021-22 season.
Napoli star Kalidou Koulibaly was signed early in the summer, but efforts to add a fresh face proved more difficult for the Blues.
Their first pick, Jules Kounde, slipped through their fingers after choosing to stay in the La Liga with Barcelona, prompting the Londoners to turn their attention towards Fofana.
Chelsea with Wesley Fofana
Chelsea should keep their trusted 5-2-3 formation, which Tuchel has used frequently since taking over the team in January 2021.
Edward Mendy will continue in the goal. He has no real competition from Kepa Arrizabalaga or Marcus Bettinelli.
The defense line will see the biggest changes with the entry of Kalidou Koulibaly and Wesley Fofana in place of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen.
Thiago Silva will retain his place in the middle of the three defenders, hoping to stay at the top of his game at the age of 37.
Left-back could be Mark Cucurella, who has joined in a £62m deal from Brighton. Ben Chilwell would be unlucky if he missed the opportunity.
On the right, Rhys James, who was excellent last season, will keep his place.
🚨 Chelsea and Leicester have reached a €82.5 million deal with Wesley Fofana, according to RMC and verified by L’Equipe. pic.twitter.com/MV0XMIyW3m
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In midfield, the duo of Mateo Kovacic and N’Golo Kante could be favored, with Jorginho and Conor Gallagher ready to step up when needed.
Up front, new player Sterling will take his place on the left, hoping to present the same offensive threat he has consistently shown at Manchester City.
It will be backed up by Mason Mount on the right side with Havertz at the top, even Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang or any other forward signals.